St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US, has become the first hospital in the region to introduce GE Healthcare’s Discovery IGS 730 Hybrid OR.
The FDA-cleared Discovery IGS 730 Hybrid OR technology is designed to integrate advanced imaging and surgical procedures into the operating room.
St. Luke’s University Health Network interventional radiology section chief and radiology department chairman Hal Folander said the hospital is well aware of the agility and capability of the new technology, as it has been part of the development process.
"I would say this is probably one of the most revolutionary interventional projects that I’ve seen," said Dr Folander.
"A tether housing the electrical connection to the unit allows the system to float, providing an additional degree of freedom. Its flexibility means the unit can also be moved completely out of the way and into multiple positions."
The mobile system features the mobility of a C-arm that delivers fine image quality, provides complete patient access, enables multiple parking possibilities and aids in maintaining sterility.
The laser-guided, motorised mobile gantry is designed to enable steep angles ease in 3D acquisition.
The wide C-arm has room for larger patients and facilitates multiple or combined procedures at once, if required.
GE Healthcare, Detection & Guidance Solutions general manager Chantal Le Chat said, "This solution aims to accommodate a wide range of minimally invasive and surgical procedures. Due to the technological advancement and flexibility of the system we hope it will allow our customers to explore and discover new ways within the OR room."
St. Luke’s specialist surgeons can leverage the new environment to perform procedures such as endovascular repair of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms, pacemaker lead extractions, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, and trauma cases requiring multiple, or combined, procedures.